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Minor Strangeness

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I have a minorly strange clock of my own. It's a very cheap kitchen clock which was in the house when I moved in. In the summer it stopped working (it had kept excellent time up until then). I changed the batteries - it wouldn't work. 'Dud batteries' think I, and change them again. Clock refused to work. So I left it where it lay after the battery operation, on the table. About three weeks later, it randomly started to work. So I hung it back up, when it stopped working again. This time I left it on the wall, where it would randomly work sporadically throughout the winter. Then it stopped again.

About a week ago it started to work consistently. So I set it right and left it on the wall. It kept good time for a day, and then randomly lost or gaimed time according to its own particular schedule. It's currently telling me it's five to seven (it's twenty past one), yet the hands seem to move freely and it ticks at once a second. I have no idea what to do with said clock... which works, yet doesn't work, if you see what I mean.
I think the best thing to do with that clock is

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Bagpuss comes alive when Emily says the magic words:

"Bagpuss, dear Bagpuss, old, fat furry cat-puss

Wake up and look at this thing that I bring

Wake up, be bright, be golden and light

Bagpuss, oh hear what I sing"
Do you know how dirty that sounds to an American who has little idea who Bagpuss or Emily are?

I would have guessed at me getting up during the night and accidentally knocking Bagpuss off it's perch, but that would not explain how it ended up so far off it's box or how it could balance upright on it's own. Anyone got ideas?
I don't know exactly what your Bagpuss looks like, or what else is in the room, but could it have bounced off a few things and landed upright?
 

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Also a favourite for some time for TVR (where some quantities of this type of paint seemed to "evaporate" from the factory)
I'm not sure what TVR stands for, but it was custom for a while for paint shops in the US to carry "Chromeillusion" paint wherein the customer could order the paint job but when finished, they had to send any remaining paint back to the factory to keep people from stealing the formula. Seems like the secret's out of the bag now.
 

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I could find only an image of Bagpuss in recreational mode:
The more I think about it, the more "Bagpuss" sounds like a... special kind of porn.

From what I see, this Bagpuss show seems a lot like the Canadian The Big Comfy Couch. Can someone confirm?

I have no idea what to do with said clock... which works, yet doesn't work, if you see what I mean.
Sounds to me like the hands are loose on the spindle and/or scraping against each other.
 

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More likely to be an interdimensional bike,
Would that be a Hardly Davidson?

Was the bit of your coat hanging out the door a factory option?
That's an intimate sliver of a Pokemon, caught in mid-morphosis....
(ps Do NOT mention the word Pokemon out loud, it may trigger another outbreak of their curiously-motivated waifs & strays owners, out searching the streets with their smart phones, staring at empty spaces with augmented unrealities)


I have no idea what to do with said clock... which works, yet doesn't work, if you see what I mean.
This sounds like a radio-controlled clock. They all seem a bit rubbish, now, the UK ones that rely upon the NPL signal from Anthorn (they all appear to have become less reliable, ever since they moved the transmitter from Rugby).

Or, equally-possible, you may have a worn cog (the clock, not you....well, maybe you, too). Here's the procedure to prove this.

Put a new battery in the clock. Turn the clock UPSIDE DOWN, such that 12 is at the 6 o'clock point, 6 is at the 12 o'clock point, and the numbers 3 & 9 exchange sides. Set the clock to the correct time BASED UPON THE SHAPE THE HANDS MAKE. Leave overnight, and check whether the clock is still telling the 'right' time. If it is, you need to somehow revolve the mechanism 180degrees relative to the dial, and hey presto, sorted.

One thing to worry you about.....remember how you were told, as a child, that if you broke a mirror you got seven years bad luck?

Do you remember the bit when they told you that if you ever throw-out a broken clock, time everywhere just stops? That's irregardless of whether your clock is an atomic-synchronised diamond masterpiece built in a Faberge egg, or a cheap quartz movement stuck in the middle of a recycled 45rpm single record in your Gran's loo. Never throw away a faulty clock....it brings bad times. Either fix it, or give it away.
 

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A Bagpuss cat bean bag type figure about 6" high resides in the corner of the bedroom on a wooden box about 18" tall. Leans against a large teddy bear because it won't sit on it's own without falling over.
This situation is a minor strangeness all on its own . . .
 

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I'm not sure what TVR stands for, but it was custom for a while for paint shops in the US to carry "Chromeillusion" paint wherein the customer could order the paint job but when finished, they had to send any remaining paint back to the factory to keep people from stealing the formula. Seems like the secret's out of the bag now.
TVR waa a British sports car manuacturer, the cars were badly constructed from bits of other cars, built on a chassis that rusted quickly, with a fiberglass shell. They looked nice but were renowned for being unreliable.
TVR come from the founders name Trevor.

The abbreviation TVR stems from the name ofthe company's owner Trevor Wilkinson, his first garage sporting the letters T, V and R. ... 1946–1965, founder Trevor Wilkinson, who left in 1962.

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TVR waa a British sports car manuacturer, the cars were badly constructed from bits of other cars, built on a chassis that rusted quickly, with a fiberglass shell. They looked nice but were renowned for being unreliable.
TVR come from the founders name Trevor.

The abbreviation TVR stems from the name ofthe company's owner Trevor Wilkinson, his first garage sporting the letters T, V and R. ... 1946–1965, founder Trevor Wilkinson, who left in 1962.

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Weirdly I now live virtually next to the place where Mr. Wilkinson started the business. The large factory where the cars came to be built has been largely demolished and being replaced with small commercial units. Kind of sad in a way.
 

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TVR was a British sports car manuacturer, the cars were badly constructed from bits of other cars, built on a chassis that rusted quickly, with a fiberglass shell. They looked nice but were renowned for being unreliable.
TVR come from the founders name Trevor.
I'm quite a fan of TVR, and have had the pleasure of pootling around in a Chimaera. As you say, they're lobbed together from bits of other cars, but the actual oily bits are quite reliable. Engines were often borrowed from Ford or Rover (the old Buick-derived V8 in the latter case). However, TVR's special brand of insanity comes into play with things like door and window controls, which seem wilfully stupid. Me, I love the madness!
 

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This sounds like a radio-controlled clock. They all seem a bit rubbish, now, the UK ones that rely upon the NPL signal from Anthorn (they all appear to have become less reliable, ever since they moved the transmitter from Rugby).

Or, equally-possible, you may have a worn cog (the clock, not you....well, maybe you, too). Here's the procedure to prove this.

Put a new battery in the clock. Turn the clock UPSIDE DOWN, such that 12 is at the 6 o'clock point, 6 is at the 12 o'clock point, and the numbers 3 & 9 exchange sides. Set the clock to the correct time BASED UPON THE SHAPE THE HANDS MAKE. Leave overnight, and check whether the clock is still telling the 'right' time. If it is, you need to somehow revolve the mechanism 180degrees relative to the dial, and hey presto, sorted.

One thing to worry you about.....remember how you were told, as a child, that if you broke a mirror you got seven years bad luck?

Do you remember the bit when they told you that if you ever throw-out a broken clock, time everywhere just stops? That's irregardless of whether your clock is an atomic-synchronised diamond masterpiece built in a Faberge egg, or a cheap quartz movement stuck in the middle of a recycled 45rpm single record in your Gran's loo. Never throw away a faulty clock....it brings bad times. Either fix it, or give it away.
It's definitely not radio controlled. It's a job from the Pound shop, I think. I need to get a new one, but at present, like Granny Weatherwax, I keep it for the tick. The only reason it's still on the wall is that the previous owner painted the external part to match the wall and it looks lovely. I tell the time from my phone or laptop, but I could really do with a clock in the kitchen!
 

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It's definitely not radio controlled. It's a job from the Pound shop, I think. I need to get a new one, but at present, like Granny Weatherwax, I keep it for the tick. The only reason it's still on the wall is that the previous owner painted the external part to match the wall and it looks lovely. I tell the time from my phone or laptop, but I could really do with a clock in the kitchen!
If it has a smple clock mechinism you can probably replace it quite easily

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Weirdly I now live virtually next to the place where Mr. Wilkinson started the business. The large factory where the cars came to be built has been largely demolished and being replaced with small commercial units. Kind of sad in a way.
I could never take a car seriously knowing it was called Trevor.
 

Trevp666

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Changes with heat.
Does anybody remember the 'Global Hypercolour' clothing that you could get back in the 80s that changed colour with the heat of your body.

The main problem with that though was that it basically just made you look like you were sweating heavily when in fact you were just a bit warm.
 

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Does anybody remember the 'Global Hypercolour' clothing that you could get back in the 80s that changed colour with the heat of your body.

The main problem with that though was that it basically just made you look like you were sweating heavily when in fact you were just a bit warm.
I think i mentioned thise on some thread somewhere, sometime, cant be arse to look for it :hahazebs:
 

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Does anybody remember the 'Global Hypercolour' clothing that you could get back in the 80s that changed colour with the heat of your body.

The main problem with that though was that it basically just made you look like you were sweating heavily when in fact you were just a bit warm.
I had a pair of Global Hypercolour shorts. They just let everyone know when you had a sweaty arse!
 

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I could find only an image of Bagpuss in recreational mode:

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For the naked Bagpuss, you have to watch kiddies' tv! :cat:
Never forget that Episode 1 of Bagpuss contains multiple drawings of mermaids with no tops on.

Thats right - mermaid tits....and Bagpuss was a sea captain, so you do the maths.

 

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Mermaids traditionally are topless, only relatively recently adopting the clamshell bra look. Nudity is also not unknown in children's media; topless mermaids are in the Peter Pan book, for example, along with other nude characters, and Peter himself is nude for all of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens. It's perfectly possible for it to be innocent, and is only really an issue if you make it one.

I'm just old enough to fondly recall Bagpuss, and find it charming and appropriate a plush one seems intent on keeping the spirit alive. Either that or someone jostled it unaware, it plunged eagerly to the floor as plushes are wont to do - certainly mine are - and managed to land exactly in the one posture it could maintain unsupported.
 

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I'm sure I remember reading about the Disney Studio tying itself in knots over whether the water Nymphs in Fantasia should be drawn with nipples or not.
 
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